The College Transition Begins

yay-20139194 (1)As parents we want to be there to support our children throughout their lives.  When they are young, we are their caregiver, educator, rule enforcer, health and welfare advocate, and personal driver.   We pick out their clothes, approve of their friends, and support them in their academic, emotional, and extracurricular activities.  As they move toward adulthood, we have to allow them to start to stand on their own and make their own decisions.

Through the process of our children growing up, we too have growing to do. Their first become our firsts: first time they drive the car on their own, first date, first job, first relationship, and first time they move away from home. For many families this first move away from home involves college. This transition to college starts long before the car is loaded. It begins in high school, typically during the junior year, when SATs, ACTs, AP classes, scholarships and college applications begin to take priority. This is a stressful time for your student and your family.

Recently, we came across a website that we thought might be helpful for both parents and children.  It focuses on the emotional side of choosing a college and the transition to college life.  There are some tools for helping to choose a college that best fits your child’s personality.  Please use it as an additional resource in the college process.  You can learn more at http://www.transitionyear.org/

 

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